Carson Terry is a blacksmith with an eye for using materials in a way that maintains its raw quality with a sense of modern appeal. And he’s always smiling.
A native Arizonan, Terry studied iron and metalwork at both the Penland School of Arts and Crafts and the Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. He’s been building on this foundation over the years coming and going from Arizona, and working with other independent designers along the way.
After managing the metal department at Pacific Northwest College of Art, Terry relocated to Tucson where he works out of his small studio in the Barrio Viejo. We’re glad he’s back.
Q: What do you want to start, stop, continue doing?
I want to start combining wood and metal, and learn more about wood-working. I work so much alone, and I’d like to work in a shop with other people, and surround myself with other artists and builders. I want to continue learning and teaching.
Q: What is one of the top three ethics that you abide by in your craft?
I want to make things that are valuable and that will last: pursuing the ethic of anti-capitalism in an economic system of disposability and waste culture.
Q: As you reflect, what has been the consistent theme in your life?
Gender. Being trans (assigned female at birth but being gender-non-conforming and more masculine identified) has informed everything in my life. Being assigned female and told that I should be a certain way, but then being drawn to things that are typically seen as men’s work from an early age, I really struggle with the way that everything is so arbitrarily gendered in our society.
Q: What continues to allude you?
The factors and context that at times allow art to be used to inspire and transform people, and ignite social change.
Q: If you were not a metal worker, what would you be?
If I didn’t become a blacksmith, I think I would have been a wood worker or something similar. I’ve always wanted to build practical things and use my hands, so it would have been something in that realm.
Q: What have you been listening to when you work most recently?
I recently listened to Native Son by Richard Wright, and was struck by how similar and alive the racism written about 75 years ago is to today. I’ve also been listening to 2DopeQueens, and have inspired by their Black feminist comedy and humor.
The Forged Latigo Belt is a collaboration between Mellow Dawn and Carson Terry. Having been friends for a number of years and worked on a few different projects together, it’s exciting to put these two obvious skill sets together.
This hand-forged iron buckle has an organic quality while still maintaining its function. Normally used for horse tacking, the latigo leather has a strong, durable quality while being simple, sleek, and functional. This belt will maintain its quality for years to come: a handmade update of a classic.
Introducing a new, darker edition of the Nomad Necklace. Made with vintage black Fulani beads and West African brass Baule beads. Available in one, two or three strands. Back in black baby!
Brass and blue are such a winning color combo and we love the way they work together with these African Wilds Trapeze Hoops. Sliced African Vinyl and vintage African Brass trading beads on vermeil ear-wires. They are instant classics and oh so wearable, no matter the occasion.
Tucson is a veritable cornucopia of incredibly creative, thoughtful, and forward thinking folks. It's a community that we are so proud to be a part of, and we want to highlight a few people and current projects who we think help make up the beautiful framework that makes Tucson so special.
Southern Arizona Work Space (SAWS), a project brought to life by our dear friends Amy Rude and Doug Smith of Exo Roast Co., began from the premise that stronger, healthier communities result when people come together—actually convene—in a spirit of purpose toward diversity, resiliency, and durability. Through lectures, workshops, and other events, SAWS aims to enhance locally-grounded knowledge and know-how. They offer a place where the many individuals and organizations doing good work here can get the word out and share their expertise. Check out the incredible, informative, and diverse lectures and classes offered here.
Tucson is ahealth conscious city, with no shortage of yoga studios, gyms, a huge cycling community, and various dance & martial arts studios popping up and thriving all over town. Finding exactly what rocks your workout world is probably the most daunting task in the whole process of getting up on your fitness.
We think that local musician, artist, and fitness maven Marina Cornelius has hit the nail on the head with her new dance and fitness studio, Floor Polish, which is located just off 4th Ave and 9th St, behind Ermanos.
With Marina's background in the Tucson music world, she makes this place incredibly fun, low key, and welcoming for anyone looking to get their fitness game on. Classes are only $6 (or you can pick up a punch card, which offers 5 classes for $25). It doesn't hurt that our own "T" in MAST teaches 2 classes a week to a growing number of converts, and is crazy about the greatenergy at Floor Polish.
Check out the schedule here: http://floorpolishdance.com/class-info/.